ECoL Summer School

2021-08-23--28 • virtually • Sustainable Mobility in Metropolitan Regions

Application Period Is Closed

Dear potential participants and further interested groups,

The application period has run out on July 25, 2021. We have received a lot of applications for the Virtual Summer School 2021 from all over the world for which we are very happy about! Please note that applications that were sent later, cannot be accepted anymore, unfortunately, since we have received too many applications so far.

Thank you for your understanding!

Applications For The Virtual DAAD Summer School 2021

Dear potential participants of the virtual DAAD Summer School 2021!

We have kicked off the application period. You are welcome to fill out and submit your application until July 25, 2021!

Please use the application form in the application section. Contact us if you have any questions!

Here is the flyer you can also use to spread the word.

Good luck and see you soon!

DAAD Summer School 2021 – Sustainable Mobility in Metropolitan Regions: Best Practices

How can we create future-oriented mobility in metropolitan regions?

The Centre for Logistics and Traffic will organize another transnational summer school this year which is sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service („Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst“). This year‘s summer school is going to be held online together with the Center for Sustainable Urban Development of the Columbia University (CU) in New York from August 23 to August 28, 2021. The key topic of the summer school is sustainable mobility in metropolitan regions.

Urbanization and rapid economic growth have led to increasing traffic and mobility activities in the past years. This development requires efficient and sustainable mobility and logistics concepts. Globally, developed national economies and metropolitan regions put effort in detaching their economic growth from their greenhouse gas emissions. However, there are still difficulties in decarbonizing the mobility sector. Traffic volume is still seen as an indicator for economic activity and prosperity.

Furthermore, the mobility and logistics sectors are inherently linked to each other and use a variety of similar vehicles and infrastructures. With regard to climatic and social challenges, sustainable supply chains become indispensable. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic proves the significance of intact supply chains. Generally, it is expected that the mobility and logistics sector will offer high quality and inexpensive services in an environment of constantly expanding and overloaded urban systems. However, primarily digital transformation which includes platform economies, causes unprecedented disruptions of existing business models.

Due to the persisting pandemic, the summer school will take place virtually. The target groups are students in their graduate studies (preferably in advanced study semesters or with a potential thesis topic), doctoral candidates and post-docs. The aim of the summer school is to develop innovative and sustainable mobility and logistics solutions for metropolitan regions in close cooperation with the participants from all over the world and the lecturers of the UDE and CU. To achieve this, different perspectives and approaches from several research fields will be taught and applied. It is considered that the created networking groups continue existing beyond the summer school.

During the six-day event, the participants shall develop innovative solutions and concepts regarding sustainable mobility in four different working fields. These include the topics

  • global supply chains and transport systems: sustainable governance in innovative transportation systems,
  • urban mobility and logistics: best and worst practices to transform urban mobility systems – lessons learned,
  • business model innovations in transport and mobility: cross-sector experiences, multi-stakeholder cooperation in innovating the sector,
  • technical solutions to transform the transportation and mobility sector towards more sustainable solutions: technology acceptance by industry and users.

Prior to the practical part of the event, there are going to be engaging lectures held by speakers from UDE, CU and other organizations. Also, an accompanying virtual program is an essential part of this year’s summer school to promote the cultural exchange among the participants.

The language of the event is English, and the participation is free of charge. However, there is a participant limit. Detailed information regarding the program and the registration will follow soon.

Preparing for MSCA Individual Fellowships at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

We would like to draw your attention to a preparation seminar from July, 9th until 13th in 2018 regarding the MSCA (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) Individual Fellowships to start in 2019. The intensive one-week programme, organised by the Graduate Center Plus at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), will support early career researchers from Europe preparig for a successful proposal for the next EU fellowship of the MSCA IF Programme.

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Looking back on the GAKTC 2017 – Water-Energy-Food Supply Nexus in the MENA Region

The German-Arab Knowledge Transfer Colloquium hosted by the Centre for Logistics and Traffic (ZLV) of the University Duisburg-Essen (UDE) has united professors and PhD students from the MENA Region and the UDE-network during a ten-day programme leading through urban challenges in the sectors of “Water, Energy and Food” and the big task of conceptually combining their functional domains, referring to the concept of “Water-Energy-Food Supply Nexus”. The colloquium, held in December 2017 and funded by the DAAD with means of the Federal Foreign Office, challenged the German-Arab group of experts to detect the biggest obstacles against and develop first steps towards a sustainable W-E-F Nexus in the MENA Region in terms of knowledge, practice and decision making. Ever since the event, several dialogues have been initiated between Arab participants, the UDE and external experts continuing the overarching objective.

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Call for Application – DAAD Alumni Seminar Water, Waste & Energy

On behalf of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) the Centre for Water and Environmental Research (ZWU) and the Centre for Logistics and Traffic (ZLV) of the University of Duisburg-Essen are hosting a DAAD Alumni Seminar on the topic of Water, Waste & Energy – Environmental and Supply Chain Management (WE-Chain II) in preparation for the IFAT 2018 (14th-18th May 2018 in Munich), the World’s Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management.

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Upcoming German-Arab Knowledge Transfer Colloquium deals with the Water.Energy.Food Nexus

This year’s “German-Arab Knowledge Transfer Colloquium“ funded by the DAAD with financial means of the Department for Foreign Affairs will deal with the topic “Water.Energy.Food Nexus“, discussing state of the art research within the MENA Region and the knowledge-network of the Centre for Logistics and Traffic (ZLV) of the University of Duisburg-Essen.

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Looking back on the ECoL Summer School on Food Supply Chain, August 14th-23rd, 2017, Duisburg

The third one of the annual Emerging Concepts of Logistics Summer School took place at the Gerhard Mercator Haus of the University of Duisburg-Essen this August. Conjointly organized by the Koç University in Turkey and the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, ECoL Summer School 2017 was funded by the DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service. The summer school enabled a multidisciplinary working environment for young academics from Argentina, Armenia, Benin, Bolivia, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Iran, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey, Spain and Sri Lanka.

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Information for the ECoL Summer School 2017 Participants

With the excitement of having only two days until the ECoL Summer School 2017’s start, we would hereby like to remind you a few points of importance.

We have updated the detailed schedule of the summer school and the descriptions of group works to be supervised by the lecturers. Please find the new schedule and the recommended literature regarding your group work here. Please make sure to take a look at them prior to the beginning of the lectures.

If you have any questions or suggestions don’t hesitate to contact our team.

See you soon in Duisburg!

Foundation Campus Sapiens Donates Travel Scholarships

The ECoL-Team is glad to receive the support of the Campus Sapiens foundation at the upcoming ECoL Summer School once again. The donation will cover two travel scholarships for the ECoL Summer School 2017 in Duisburg amounting to 250 Euro for one male and one female participant each.

Campus Sapiens foundation in Essen, Germany, was established in 2015 and supports researchers in international travel and science inquiry purposes. For more information please contact the acting head of the foundation, Prof. Dr. Matthias Klumpp:

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